Winners of Black History Month Social Media Contest Receive Awards

Ambassador McCulley giving prizes including a Kindle to the top winner Gilles Dogbo (Dept. of State)
Ambassador McCulley giving prizes including a Kindle to the top winner Gilles Dogbo (Dept. of State)

Three winners of a Black History Month social media competition held by the U.S. Embassy received recognition at a ceremony with Ambassador Terence McCulley on March 12. The winners, Gilles Dogbo, Patrice Kouakou Kouassi, and Yoane Koua, received prizes including a Kindle for Dogbo, the top winner, books related to African-American history and other items. The public event was a culmination of the month of activities sponsored by the Embassy for Black History Month. Ambassador McCulley, after congratulating the three winners, said, “February, which marks Black History Month, is celebrated throughout the United States as an opportunity to recognize the contributions and achievements of African-Americans.” The Ambassador highlighted the importance of the civil rights movement that was led by people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks who, through their courage and determination, have become global symbols against racial discrimination. The first place winner, Dogbo, thanked the Embassy for organizing the competition that he called a challenge and “an opportunity to learn more about African- American history.”